We are building a portrait gallery with (new) European citizens.

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Studio Aleppo [Berlin]

Pop-up photo studio: 14 - 15 October 2017

Exhibition: 20 - 27 October 2017

Location: KühlhausBerlin

Photographers: Sybille Fendt, Annette Hauschild, Tobias Kruse, Anne Schönharting (OSTKREUZ).

Local production: Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie


Studio Aleppo [The Hague]

Pop-up photo studio: 16 - 17 September 2017

Exhibition: 16 September - 30 October 2017

Location: Humanity House

Photographer: Robin de Puy

Local production: Humanity House


01. Why participate

‘Old and ‘new’ city residents will be portrayed in a portrait studio under the same conditions. Statements of all participants will be gathered by asking short questions. The answers can be the starting point for a conversation. With this, Studio Aleppo creates space for encounters and contributes to a change in the perception of refugees and locals. 


Studio Aleppo [Amsterdam]

Pop up photo studio: 17 - 18 September 2016

Exhibition: 17 - 25 September 2016

Location: Felix Meritis

Photographer: Koos Breukel

For more info visit the Paradox website


Studio Aleppo [Helsinki]

Pop-up photo studio: 5 - 6 August 2017

Exhibition: 10 - 17 August 2017

Location: National Museum of Finland

Photographer: Juuso Westerlund

Local production: MiklagardArts


02. What are we going to do?

In various cities in Europe old and new residents are invited to have their portrait taken by a local photographer. Locals pay €50,- for a portrait of themselves or their family (max. 4 persons per image). With this contribution they also make the portrait of a newcomer possible, so there are no costs for participating refugees. All participants receive a small (10 x 15 cm) print of the portrait taken at the studio. 


03. (Online) Portrait gallery

The photos will be printed and become part of a portrait gallery at a prominent location in the city. The portraits and statements will, at a later time, also be published on the website www.studioaleppo.eu.

04. interviews

All participants will be interviewed, everyone will be asked the same questions. The conversations are meant to uncover similarities amongst the participants and can be the starting point of a conversation at a later stage.  

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the story behind studio aleppo

The ongoing war in Syria has demolished many parts of the city of Aleppo. Public buildings, apartment blocks and shops are bombed and looted, sometimes leaving personal belongings scattered through the streets.

One morning, Syrian photographer Issa Touma found the remains of a collection of glass plates, negatives and prints from a photo studio in Bawabet Al Qasab street, made between the 20s and 70s. Studio Aleppo presents these images from the past today, in order to honour the lost people of Aleppo.

Through photographing the newcomers and residents and including them in a collection of portraits, the project aims to stimulate a feeling of recognition and inclusion. With the interviews Studio Aleppo uncovers the common ground between the participants.

Studio Aleppo wants to contribute to a change in the image of newcomers.


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In case you have any questions do not hesitate to send an email to Hannah Hagen, hh@paradox.nl.